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Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything

April 13th, 2017 (No Comments)

You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful solder joint connection. How does the Metcal CV-5200 soldering station work? Using sophisticated hardware and software […]

Seven Things to Know About Qualifying Your Product to a U.S. Military Specification (MIL-SPEC)

March 30th, 2017 (No Comments)

Qualifying the SCS 81705 Series anti-static shield bags to military standards There are a few, sometimes complicated steps to go through before your product can qualify for a particular military specification. SCS recently introduced their new 81705 Series static shield bags and film qualified to MIL-PRF-81705E Type III, Class 2. The qualification didn’t happen overnight […]

Get Lean with 5S Workplace Principles

March 20th, 2017 (No Comments)

5S – Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain Recognized as one of the strategies associated with “Just in Time” manufacturing (Toyota Production System), the 5S system for workplace organization and standardization originated in Japan. The “5” relates to a series of five Japanese words that begin with the letter “S” and translate into […]

PCB Rework – Evolving Cleaning Methods

March 3rd, 2017 (No Comments)

Smaller devices makes PCB rework harder. Today’s manufacturers of printed circuit boards (PCBs) strive for quality and drive operation yields close to 99% and above – yet some boards will still fail functional tests when coming off the assembly line and need rework. With the increase of smaller, better PCBs for smartphones and tablets, PCBs can […]

Ten Labels to Solve Your Engineering Challenges

February 17th, 2017 (No Comments)

Labels – Put the right one on There’s a right label for every application and Brady has designed a handy cheat sheet to help you on your way. When choosing a label, you’ll want to ask yourself several questions – Will the label be in a harsh environment? Will your label face high, cold or […]